While Gareth Southgate was debating whether to call Jake Livermore or Lee Cattermole up, Julen Lopetegui was deciding which ludicrously talented star to leave out of his Spain squad.
In the end Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata was the fall guy.
But his team-mate Marcos Alonso is on the verge of creating a very impressive piece of history after receiving a first call up.
Alonso has been one of the Premier League’s best defenders since joining Chelsea from Fiorentina, however the presence of Jordi Alba means international experience has been hard to come by.
If Alonso wants any advise on the responsibilities that come with pulling on a Spain shirt he only needs to give his dad a call.
Maros Alonso Pena made 22 appearances for Spain and turned out for both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona during a 14-year career.
Alonso’s grandfather was also a Spanish international.
Marquitos, who passed away six years ago, played twice for Spain and spent eight years at Real Madrid.
So Alonso will be the third generation of his family to play for Spain if he makes an appearance in the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Argentina.
Currently his only international experience consists of three appearances for Spain’s Under-19 side in 2009 while he was still a Madrid player.
The 27-year-old was in Spain’s squad for the Under-19 European Championships in 2009, alongside David De Gea and Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago.
What are the odds on his son turning out for Spain in 25 years?
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